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Look what I’ve found

Yesterday, through a combination of circumstances, my brother and I found ourselves at our father’s abode – he being away for the next fortnight – and decided to embark upon a review of the innumerable files, boxes of papers, photographs, memorabilia and sundry magazines, books and ephemera [...]

September 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

An outing and a half

I spent yesterday as a member of a family group of nine on board a sailing super yacht. We arrived at a well-known south coast marina at 11.00am as directed and were taken out for a three-hour trip into the Solent which included lunch. The only orders we were given were to remove our shoes and not [...]

September 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Another day in paradise

Yesterday out here at our villa on the south coast of Sicily was relatively uneventful. The clue to the purpose of our extended family’s annual holiday is in the sentence – it’s simply an opportunity to spend a week together. After the agent had sent us a list as long as your arm of Sicilian [...]

August 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

A slow start, but you watch and see …

Regular readers will be aware that just over a week ago I went for a physiotherapy appointment at which – due to a diagnosis of skeletal seizing-up, never mind the osteoarthritis in my right hip and compression at the bottom of my spine – I was given a set of exercises to perform specifically [...]

August 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Back pages back to front

The Jewish prayer book is read back to front and I have found this is the way to approach the sports pages too. The cover story will as often as not be stale news by the time of publication. The next eight pages are normally devoted to football and there is little  likelihood of any fresh [...]

August 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Once more unto the breach

Having spent much of my pre-breakfast routine yesterday composing a snorter of an email to my travel agent about the cock-ups detailed in my previous National Rust post, I spent the rest of the day relaxing beside the pool. Nothing having reached in my laptop in the meantime, I mentioned at our [...]

August 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again

One’s annual holiday abroad – I leave for mine, a week on a Mediterranean island, later today – always brings with it a range of preparatory anxieties. Quite apart from semi-constant worries over the location of one’s passport, ticket and boarding pass, mine this year include the [...]

August 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Plain-speaking that seemed to add up

Shortly after I awoke and rose from my bed in the wee hours this morning, I caught the tail-end of a Radio Five Live interview conducted by guest Up All Night presenter Lucy Grey with Michael Schwayer [query the spelling, I just noted it down as I heard it], a Professor from Georgetown [...]

August 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

With a wing and a prayer

This weekend the Harlequins will play their final friendly pre-season warm-up match, against the Glasgow Warriors, before the opening of the 2014/2015 Premiership campaign in the London Double Header at Twickenham Stadium next month. It may be a sign of the times but, in contrast to his normal [...]

August 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Getting there at last

Yesterday – about a month after my hospital consultant said I needed some, following my twin diagnoses of osteoarthritis in the hip and compression of the discs at the bottom on my spine – was the occasion of my first physiotherapy appointment. Inevitably, my first task was to fill out three [...]

August 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

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